Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull to Front Syfy’s 12 Monkeys TV Show

12 Monkeys (1995) Movie PosterThe monkeys are back! The monkeys are back! And this time they’ve got “Nikita’s” brainy Aaron Stanford and “Suits'” lawyerly Amanda Schull to lead the way.

Yup, in case you haven’t heard, the Syfy channel is going to add a little syfy — er, I mean, sci-fi to their schedule, and will adapt the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt. Hey, I guess you can only have so many wrestling shows and reality TV shows about unattractive people hunting ghosts and UFOs and monsters before it gets a little ridiculous, right? (No worries, though, Syfy still has about 560 of those shows on the air, too.)

Like the 1995 movie, the TV version of “12 Monkeys” will find Stanford playing Cole, “a desperate and haunted time traveler from the post-apocalyptic near future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.”

Schull will join him in the Madeleine Stowe role of Cassandra Railly, “a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.”

Anyone who has seen the original movie knows that the film ends rather, well, pessimistically. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there will be some more optimism in the TV show version, especially since they have to drag this thing out over the course of a series. The fact that there is a “dangerous conspiracy” involve just about proves that.

Then again, as good as the 1995 movie was, I always did think it could use a little fleshing out. A LOT of fleshing out. Ironically enough, this story just keeps getting extended. “12 Monkeys” was a feature film based on the 1962 French short film “La Jetée”, which was only 30 minutes long, give or take. Now it’s going to get extended yet again in a TV series. Kinda logical, I guess.

Natalie Chaidez, who ran USA’s “In Plain Sight”, will be doing the honors here.

Aaron Stanford in NikitaAmanda Schull in Suits

Via : Deadline